South-of-the-Border Chicken & Rice Bake

South-of-the-Border Chicken & Rice Bake
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  1. 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Lowfat 2% Milk
  2. 1 can (10 3/4 oz.) condensed cheddar cheese soup
  3. 1/2 cup mild or medium salsa
  4. 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  5. 1 bag (14 to 16 oz.) Southwest-style vegetable blend: broccoli, corn, black beans and red peppers, thawed
  6. 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cooked and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 2 cups total)
  7. 1 1/2 cups uncooked instant white rice
  8. 1/2 cup (2 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
  1. PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  2. COMBINE evaporated milk and condensed soup in baking dish with wire whisk until smooth. Add salsa and pepper; mix well. Add vegetables, chicken and rice. Cover dish tightly with foil.
  3. BAKE for 35 minutes. Uncover; top with cheese. Bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and mixture is bubbly. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
  4. TIP: Vary the taste of this bake by using a different flavor or heat level of salsa.